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Fadl Al Tarzi

Founder & CEO at Nexford University

Fadl became an entrepreneur at age 18 and has since gained over 14 years of experience in media, data, and technology related businesses in the MENA region as well as the USA. He is experienced in starting and building companies from ground up based on a solid future vision and the necessary discipline to build and execute plans. Fadl has raised over $7 million in growth capital across various ventures and built companies employing a total of over 500 people operating across multiple markets worldwide. He has a proven ability to operate under high pressure in extremely fast paced environments adapting to change and crises as they develop.

Fadl launched SOCIALEYEZ under the News Group umbrella and successfully grew the digital agency from two people to more than 120 across multiple countries. In his capacity as CEO Fadl has worked with Fortune 500s, government and regional organizations on building and executing award winning social media strategies across emerging markets. Prior to joining SOCIALEYEZ he held several positions at News Group International, from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Strategy Officer being his last. While at News Group Fadl played a key role in growing the company from 50 to over 400 across multiple markets through a successful organic as well as M&A based growth strategy. Fadl holds BBA from the American University in Cairo in addition to multiple management degrees from the George Washington and Middlesex Universities.

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Dr. Phillip Long

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Phil works half time as the Chief Innovation Officer at UT Austin, working on Project 2021, & as Associate Vice Provost at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Long offers guidance to the university’s strategy for technology enhanced learning, advice on online learning including edX MOOCs, learning analytics, application of blockchains to education & the design of learning environments.

Phil spent 8 years as a Sr. Strategist for Academic Technology at MIT. Long is also a clinical professor in Educational Psychology, and in the School of Information. Long earned his undergraduate degree in psychobiology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

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Kris Clerkin

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Kris is Managing Partner of Volta Learning Group. Volta Learning Group (VLG) consults with entrepreneurs, investors, institutions, and education technology companies on market strategy and revenue growth, competency-based program design, alternative credentials, workforce and education alignment, and employer partnerships.

Before forming VLG, Kris was Senior Vice-President at Southern New Hampshire University and Founding Executive Director of College for America, a workforce-focused unit offering affordable, competency-based Certificate, AA, and BA programs in partnership with over 100 employers and non-profits. Other previous roles include President of Houghton Mifflin’s Higher Education Division and General Manager of Wolters Kluwer Legal Education. Kris has served on the Board of the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) and is currently on the Board of the Education Design Lab and the advisory boards of LearnLaunch and SXSWedu. Kris earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MPA from Harvard.

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Dr. Sherif Kamel

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Kamel is professor of management at The American University in Cairo. Before joining AUC, he served as director of the Regional IT Institute and managed the training department of the Cabinet of Egypt Information and Decision Support Center.

He was a guest lecturer, and taught degree and non-degree programs for Middlesex University (United Kingdom), Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University, United States), Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands), Claremont Graduate University (United States), the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania, United States), Carlton University, University of Ottawa and McMaster University (Canada). Kamel holds a PhD in information systems from London School of Economics and Political Science.

In addition, Kamel is an Eisenhower Fellow and a Center for Global Enterprise Fellow. He is a member of the AACSB International Middle East Advisory Council and Eduniversal International Scientific Committee. He was a member of the World Bank Knowledge Advisory Commission and founding member of the Internet Society of Egypt.

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Dr. Peter Stokes

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Peter is a Managing Director in Huron’s Education and Life Sciences Strategy & Operations (S&O) group, focusing on strategic planning and student success. Over a 20-year career, he has worked with presidents, provosts, deans, and other senior institutional leaders at a diverse array of public and private institutions across the U.S. as they have sought to reach new audiences, develop innovative curricular models at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, support the work readiness of their graduates, and engage more meaningfully with their alumni and employer partners. Prior to joining Huron Peter was the Vice President for Global Strategy and Business Development at Northeastern University.

He is the author of Higher Education and Employability: New Models for Integrating Study and Work (Harvard Education Press, 2015) and a contributor to Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation (Harvard Education Press, 2011, edited by Wildavsky, Kelly, and Carey), among other publications. Peter has a PhD in English literature from Stony Brooke University."

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